Associate Professor Tess Lea

University Fellow

Tess Lea is an anthropologist who specializes in the anthropology of policy. As an ARC QEII Fellow, she is pursuing the question: ‘Can there be good policy? Tracing the paths between policy intent, evidence and practical benefit in regional and remote Australia.’ Her fundamental interest is with issues of (dys)function: how it occurs and to what, whom and how it is ascribed. Looking at houses, infrastructure (plumbing and roads), schools, and efforts to create culturally congruent forms of employment, home indebtedness and enterprise from the respective points of view of Canberra policy formulators, Indigenous organisations, and Indigenous families, her work asks why the path to realising seemingly shared ambitions is so densely obstacled.

As part of her research she is exploring ways in which Aboriginal families might tell their stories and commandeer policy openings and closings for their own ends. For this pursuit she is working closely with Professor Elizabeth Povinelli from Columbia University, which is the first in a planned series leading to a feature length film, narrating a meta-story about the efforts of a group of Indigenous families to harness the potential of multi-media technologies to realise cultural and entrepreneurial ambitions (see www.karrabing.com).

Lea has a strong history of applied work, having inaugurated the School for Social and Policy Research at Charles Darwin University; and working as a policy and Ministerial advisor at senior levels of government. She has been awarded a number of Australian Research Council grants; fellowships including Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship; Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship; Visiting Fellowship Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge; and was the inaugural University Medallist for Women’s Studies at the ANU. Her publications span interests in housing, health and education in regional and remote Australia.

Research Interests

  • Settler colonialism
  • Urban and spatial studies
  • Human-other species relations
  • Critical infrastructure studies, architecture and design
  • Science and technology studies (STS)
  • Organisational ethnography and the anthropology of policy

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Publications & Resources

Books

Tess Lea (2014) Darwin Sydney: NewSouth Books

Tess Lea (2008) Bureaucrats and Bleeding Hearts: Indigenous Health in Northern Australia Sydney: UNSW Press

Tess Lea, Emma Kowal and Gillian Cowlishaw (eds) (2006) Moving Anthropology: Critical Indigenous Studies Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press

Tess Lea and Bill Wilson (eds) (2005) The State of the North Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press

Book Chapters

Stuart Rollo and Tess Lea (Forthcoming) ‘A Servant is Not Greater Than His Master: American Primacy in Australian Security’ for “Hearts and Minds": US Cultural Management in Foreign Relations in the 21st Century Editor: Matthew Chambers, University of Lodz; Publisher: Peter Lang (American Studies and Media Series)

Lea, T (forthcoming) ‘A Benign Arithmetic: Taking up facts about Indigenous health’ (reprint with commentary) in Eve Vincent, Tim Neale and Crystal McKinnon (eds) History, Power, Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies Sydney: UTS e-Press

Lea, T (forthcoming) ‘Educating for inequality: Indigenous schooling in northern Australia’ in M.Watkins, G.Noble, C.Driscoll and M.Morris (eds)  Cultural Pedagogies and Human Conduct Routledge (Culture, Economy and the Social Series)

Lea, T 2010 ‘Indigenous education and training: what are we here for?’ in Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson (eds.) Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Remote Aboriginal Australia UNSW Press, 195-211

Lea, Tess 2010 “Whose Creative City is it?’ in D. Carson, D. Schmalleggerr, S. Campbell and C. Martel (eds) Whose City Is It? A Thinking Guide to Darwin. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 53-55

Lea, T  2006 ‘Cars, Corporations, Ceremonies and Cash: The makings of a bureaucratic problem’ in T. Lea, E. Kowal and G. Cowlishaw (eds.) Moving Anthropology: Critical indigenous studies Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 37-54

Lea, T 2005 ‘Learning Lessons: A Retrospective’ in Di Austin-Broos and Gaynor Macdonald (eds.) Culture, Economy and Governance in Aboriginal Australia. Sydney: Sydney University Press.

Lea, T. 2005. ‘Living Together(?).’ In Tess Lea and Bill Wilson (eds.) The State of the North Darwin: CDU Press.

Lea, T. 2005. Introduction: The State of the North. In The State of the North Tess Lea and Bill Wilson (eds.) Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press.

Journal Articles

Lea, T., Howey, K., O'Brien, Justin. (2018) 'Waging Paperfare: Subverting the Damage of Extractive Capitalism in Kakadu' Oceania, 88:3, 305-319, DOI:10.1002/ocea.5203

Lea, T., Torzillo, P. (2016). The cunning of data in Indigenous housing and health. Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 44(4), 272-282. 10.1080/10852352.2016.1197723

Wolgemuth, J., Abrami, P. C., Helmer, J., Savage, R., Harper, H., & Lea, T. (2014) ‘Examining the impact of ABRACADABRA on early literacy in Northern Australia: An implementation fidelity analysis Journal of Educational Research

Helmer, J.,  Harper, H; Lea, T., Wolgemuth J. & Chalkiti K. (2014) ‘Challenges of conducting systematic research in Australia's Northern Territory’ Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 34:1, 36-48, DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2013.809692

Wolgemuth, J., Savage, R., Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Abrami, P., et al. (2013). ABRACADABRA Aids Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Early Literacy in Australia: Evidence from a Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial. Computers and Education, 67, 250-264.

Pholeros, P., Lea, T., Rainow, S., Sowerbutts, T., & Torzillo, PJ (2013) Improving the state of health hardware in Australian Indigenous housing: Building more houses is not the only answer. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 71(Supplement 1), 435-440.

Lea, T. 2012 Housing Mines and Infrastructure on Groote Eylandt. Australian Humanities Review. (Special edition edited by Stephen Muecke and Carsten Wergin) http://www.australianhumanitiesreview.org/archive/Issue-November-2012/lea.html

Lea, T; Young, M.; Doran, B. and Holmes, C. (2012) ‘Being moved (on) in Darwin and Alice Springs: walking Australia’s racialized towns’   Radical History Review 114: 139-163

Lea, T (2012) Contemporary Anthropologies of Indigenous Australia Annual Review of Anthropology Vol 41: 187-202

Lea, Tess (2012) ‘When looking for anarchy, look to the state: forces of disorder within the Australian Indigenous estate’ Critique of Anthropology 32(2): 109-124

Harper, H., Helmer, J., Lea, T., Halkitis, K. Wolgemuth, J. (2012) ‘ABRACADABRA, Magic Under Which Conditions? Case studies of a web-based literacy intervention in the Northern Territory’ Australian Journal of Language and Literacy 35(1): 33-50.

Wolgemuth, J., Savage, R., Helmer, J., Bottrell, C., Lea, T., Harper, H., Halkitis, K. & Abrami, P. (2011). Using computer-based instruction to improve indigenous early literacy in Northern Australia: A quasi-experimental study. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(4), 727-750.

Lea, T., Thompson, H., McRae-Williams, E. and Wegner, A. (2011) ‘Policy fuzz and fuzzy practice: Indigenous education and parent-school engagement’ Journal of Education Policy 26 (3): 321-339.

Lea, T; Wegner, A, Chenhall, R., McRae-Williams, E and Holmes, C. (2011) ‘Problematising school space for Indigenous education: teachers’ and parents’ perspectives’ Ethnography and Education Autumn 2011 6(3): 265-280

McTurk, N., Robinson, G., Lea, T., Nutton, G., & Carapetis, J. (2011). Defining and assessing the school readiness of Indigenous Australian children. Australian Journal of Early Childhood, 36(1), 69-76

Helmer, J, Bartlett, C, Wolgemuth, JR & Lea, T (2011) ‘Coaching (and) commitment: Linking ongoing professional development, quality teaching and student outcomes’, Professional Development in Education 37 (2): 197-211

Ehrich, J., Wolgemuth, J., Helmer, J., Lea, T., Bartlett, C., Smith, H. & Emmett, S.  (2010).  ‘Attendance, performance, and the acquisition of early literacy skills: A comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous school children’ Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties 14 (2): 131 – 149

Lea, T. and P. Pholeros 2010 ‘This is not a pipe: the treacheries of Indigenous housing’ Public Culture 22(1), 187-209

Cowlishaw, G and Lea, T 2010 ‘Development, heroism and the indigenous life project’ Dialectical Anthropology 34 (2), 223-234

Johnson, V., Lea, T., & Carapetis, J. (2009). ‘Joining the dots: the links between education and health and implications for Indigenous children’ Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 9(4), 692 - 697.

Luckman, S; Gibson, C and Lea, T 2009 Mosquitoes in the mix: Just how transferable is creative industries thinking? Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 30 (1): 47-63.

Garnett, S. T., B. Sithole, P. J. Whitehead, B. C., F. H. Johnston, and T. Lea. 2009 Healthy country, healthy people: policy implications of links between Indigenous human health and environmental condition in tropical Australia Australian Journal of Public Administration  68(1): 53-66.

Lea, T 2008 ‘Housing for Health in Indigenous Australia: driving change when research and policy are part of the problem’ Human Organization 67(1): 77-85 

Lea, T. 2005 ‘The Work of Forgetting: Germs, Aborigines and Postcolonial Expertise in the Northern Territory of Australia’ Social Science and Medicine, 61 (6): 1310-1319

Lea, T. 2001 ‘A BENIGN ARITHMETIC: Taking up facts about Indigenous health’ in the UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing 7(1): 59-73 (now Cultural Studies Review)

Conference Papers

INVITED

December 2014 Invited Executive Session Roundtable panellist, American Anthropology Association, ‘Anthropology and STS: Generative Interfaces and the Practice of Discipline Multiple’ convened by Marisol de la Cadena and Marianne Lien

December 2014 invited Discussant ‘Being Like a State’ Panel American Anthropology Association Annual Conference, Washington DC

May 30, 2014 Invited panellist, ‘Indigenous business is everyone’s business: Let’s walk the talk’ National Reconciliation Week, Australian Government Department of Education, Canberra

September  18-20, 2012 Key Note Speaker, Institute of Public Administration Australia’s IPAA2012 Congress - Insights into public administration in the super-states, Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre

September 3-5 Panellist, ASSA Workshop Canberra: Domestic Moral Economy

October 28 2010 Invited panel discussant ‘Indigenous Advancement’ Chartered Professional Accountants Annual Congress 2010 Navigate the New, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin

October 2010 Invited workshop participant ‘Following Commodities: A symposium with Professor John Law’ Producing regions: Explorations about regions, identities, communities and commodities A year-long series of seminars and workshops by the Hawke Research Institute, The University of South Australia, Adelaide

September 2010 Invited workshop participant, ‘A Critical Anthropology of Anarchy’, Department of Social Anthropology, Cambridge 22-23 September 2010

September 2010 Invited guest lecturer, Master of Public Administration Program, University of Liverpool, Thursday 18 September 2010

August 13 2010 Invited Speaker ‘Circulating remedies for life in regional and remote Australia: houses, dollars, bureaucrats and hunters’ Key note address Producing regions: Explorations about regions, identities, communities and commodities A year-long series of seminars and workshops by the Hawke Research Institute, The University of South Australia, Adelaide

March 1-2 2010 Invited Speaker, ‘Indigenous social policy: what are we here for?’ Inaugural speaker, ‘Closing the Gap’ DEEWR Canberra

October 2009 Invited speaker, University of Sydney Anthropology Seminar ‘This is not a pipe: The treacheries of Indigenous Housing’

September 2009 Key note speaker Conference of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Australasia Region Closing the Gap – Environments Making a Difference Paper title: “Securing an Education Renaissance: Education and the Built Environment”

June 2009 'One or two things I've learnt about policy, or when the anthropologist goes native in the bureaucracy' Sansom Institute of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide

February 2009 Invited speaker: ‘The relationship between policy and anthropology’ Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), Canberra

February 2009 Public Talk: ‘Rituals In Bureaucracy’ Community and Public Sector Union, Canberra

29 August 2008 ‘Education and Health Revisited’ Second Alan Walker Child Health Lecture Series: Improving Child Health – What Works and What’s New? Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

Panel Convener and Chair, American Anthropology Association Washington – Blurring the division between work and life 28 Nov - 2 Dec 2007

24 August, 2007 ‘Education and Health’ Inaugural Alan Walker Child Health Lecture Series, Improving Child Health – What Works and What’s New, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin

Key Note Speaker, ‘ACEing the track – Territory Responses to Federal Initiatives’ 11-18 May 2007: Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs under invitation Northern Territory Branch of the Australian Council of Educations

20 April 2007, Invited Speaker and Chair, For Ethnography: Anthropology and the Politics of the Present, University of Technology, Sydney

Guest Speaker: ‘Race, Culture, Indigeneity and the Politics of Public Health’ August 24th 2006, Menzies School of Health Research.

Guest speaker and rapporteur: Garma Festival Arnhem Land, Indigenous Education and Training, 4-7 August 2006

July Guest Speaker, Northern Territory Library, Parliament House, Free Lunch Talk (public seminar series): ‘A comparison of unequal education systems in the US and Northern Australia’

Invited Speaker, Department of Education and Training Victoria 12th - 14th July: Series of presentations over three days to senior policy makers and school administrators on the Churchill program: “Looking at the evidence base for improving education outcomes”

Key note: Physician's Dinner Speech, Darwin Private Hospital June 29 2006: “What can health researchers do to improve Indigenous education outcomes?”

Seminar, ‘Northern Territory Educational Challenges’ Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance, Concordia University, Montreal, 22 March 2006

Adult Lecture, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing: ‘Northern Territory Educational Challenges’ 15 March 2006

Key note: Institute of Public Administration Young Professional’s Network, 15 February 2006: “Frankly, Be Fearless: Advising in Government when the message is not what Ministers or the Public Sector wishes to hear” NT Museum

Public Address: Charles Darwin Public Lecture Series, Museum and Art Gallery, Northern Territory, 4 October 2005 Topic: Giving Honest Advice to Government

Plenary Address: 9th Annual Chronic Disease Network Conference in Darwin: “Childhood influences on adult chronic disease: Making the links – improving the outcomes” September 2005  Topic: Literacy as a determinant of adult chronic disease

Australian Academy of Social Science invited workshop ‘Aborigines, culture and economy’: ‘Learning Lesson: A Retrospective’, held at the University of Sydney, 2-3 December 2004. Convened by Diane Austin-Broos and Gaynor Macdonald.

GENERAL

September 2014 ‘Darwin’ Gender and Cultural Studies Symposia Series, The University of Sydney

July 2014 10th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, 1-4 July, 2014. “Topographies of Sexuality”, with Catherine Driscoll, Tampere, Finland

November 6-8 2013 ‘Images of nature images of self in Indigenous social policy’ Australian Anthropology Society Conference, ANU Canberra

July 8-10, 2013 ‘What termites tell us about social policy’ Patents, policy and the Judiciary: The Political Animal session, 5th Biennial Conference of the Australian Animal Studies Group, USyd

May 2013 ‘Mosquito architecture: how things that bite shape cities’ Human Animal Research Network Seminar, Human-other animal encounters, USyd

August 21-2 2012 International Workshop: Cultural Pedagogies, USyd Gender and Modernity Research Group in collaboration with the Institute for Culture and Society, UWS

July 14 2012 ‘The culture-technics of servicing the denatured Indigene in

liberal setter Australia’ in Destabilising 'Nature' and the 'Anthropos' panel, European Association of Social Anthropology Nanterre, Paris (10-14 July 2012)

June 20 2012 ‘Circulating remedies for life in regional and remote Australia: houses, dollars, bureaucrats and hunters’ guest seminar Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo, Norway

June 15-16 2012 ‘Can there be good policy? Or is this a wrong-headed faith in the idea of expertise?’ Invited participant Exploring Expertise: Uncertainty, Knowledge, and Trust in Democracies, Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Gottingen

May 31, 2012 ‘Can there be good policy in regional and remote Australia?’ USyd Anthropology Seminar series.

May 24, 2012 ‘Being moved (on): The bio-politics of walking in Australia’s frontier towns’ Anthropology Colloquium, Macquarie University

Feb 2012 ‘Songlines vs. Pipelines? Mining and Tourism Industries in Remote Australia 28th - 29th February, The University of New South Wales

October 2011 ‘Transdisciplinary Creativity: Transmedia in VR, Computing, Contents and Heritage in 21C 15th International Conference on Virtual Systems and Multimedia “Virtual Galleries : First insights into the effect of the introduction of new media technologies, in art galleries, on economic and social wellbeing in urban and remote communities of the Northern Territory of Australia” Eric Fassbender, Dean Carson, Bill Wade, and Tess Lea, 23 October 2010, Seoul, Korea

December 2010 Richard Chenhall, Tess Lea, Kate Senior, Aggie Wegner, Eva McRae-Williams, Catherine Holmes ‘(In)visible Parents: Indigenous parental engagement approaches in the Northern Territory of Australia’ Australian Association for Research in Education International Education Research Conference Melbourne Thursday 2 Dec 2010

November 2010 ‘Circulating remedies for life in regional and remote Australia: houses, dollars, bureaucrats and hunters’ in On the Circulation of Suffering and its Uses’ panel convened by Dr Lindsay Bell, 2010 American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting Nov 17-21, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana

September 2010 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 23rd Annual Conference Cross-border Domestic and Transnational Crime: Risks and Responses ‘Childhood education and crime – more than ‘just’ bad parental engagement’ Aggie Wegner, Helen Thompson, Richard Chenhall, Catherine Holmes, Eva McRae-Williams, Tess Lea, Wednesday 29 September 2010

September 2010 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology 23rd Annual Conference Cross-border Domestic and Transnational Crime: Risks and Responses ‘Circulating remedies for life in regional and remote Australia: houses, dollars, bureaucrats and hunters’ Wednesday 29 September 2010

September 2010 ‘Using visual methods to explore policy controversies from within organisations: some preliminary ideas on cartoons as a means of opening closed spaces' Vital Signs 2: Engaging Research Imaginations ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, Morgan Centre for the Study of Relationships and Personal Life, Manchester University

August 2009 ‘The ethics, Challenges and practices of going native in the bureaucracy’ The 4th Annual Joint University of Liverpool Management School and Keele University Institute for Public Policy and Management Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences, Liverpool 22-25 August 2009

December 2008 panel paper  ‘How Indigenous housing guidelines became contraband property’; inaugural joint international conference of the ASA (Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth), the ASAANZ (Association of Social Anthropologists of Aotearoa/New Zealand), and the AAS (Australian Anthropological Society) Auckland New Zealand

Panel Convener, Presenter and Chair, ‘Things are looking up: ethnography of the middle class’ Australian Anthropology Society, Canberra, October 2007

'Indigeneities and Cosmopolitanisms Conference', Canadian Anthropology Society and the American Ethnological Society 2007 University of Toronto, May 8-12, 2007. 'Creative City Thinking Meets Indigenous Cultures: The Experience of Darwin, Australia’, co-authored with Susan Luckman and Chris Gibson.

27 April, 2007, CDU Seminar Series, ‘Being T/here’ on ethnography in bureaucracies

Australian Anthropology Association Annual Conference 2006 Cairns Campus of James Cook University, Beyond Science and Art: Anthropology and the Unification of Knowledge 27-30 September Paper: ‘Violence as Crisis: the vampiric qualities of policy making in the north”

2 September 2006 Anthropology Seminar Series, University of Western Australia: 'One or two things I've learnt about policy, or when the anthropologist goes native in the bureaucracy'

 30 August 2006 Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth “Challenges of driving evidence based education policy in the Northern Territory of Australia: Can it be done in such a hostile environment?”

Seminar School for Social and Policy Research, Charles Darwin University 26th May 2006: Challenges of driving evidence based policy in the Northern Territory: can it be done in such a hostile environment?

Seminar Paper: ‘Identity politics’ Scott Polar Institute, Cambridge University, UK, May 2004

Seminar Paper: ‘Travelling Arte-facts: Migrating Public Health Knowledge through the Australian Postcolonial State’ Easter Program Migration Theme, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University. 13 May 2004

Panel  convention with Gillian Cowlishaw and Emma Kowal “Mobility” 2004 Australian Anthropology Association, Melbourne University

Conference paper: ‘Being there: Embodying the enabling state’ Australian Anthropology Association Annual Conference October 2002, Australian National University, Canberra

Panel convention: ‘Actually, because it’s interesting’: Further reflections on Anthropology at Home’ Australian Anthropology Association annual conference, University of Western Australia, Perth, September 2000

Conference Paper American Anthropology Association, Chicago, Nov 1999 ‘Policy as Cultural Practice’

Conference Proceedings

Wolgemuth, J Helmer, J., Harper, H., Lea, T., Halkitis, K., Bottrell, C April 2011 A multisite randomized control trial to examine the impact of ABRACADABRA on Indigenous early literacy in Australia Paper presented at the Roundtable Session “Scaling-Up Reading Achievement Interventions: Challenges in Secondary Schools” at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, USA

July 2010 Wegner, A., Lea, T., Holmes, C., McRae-Williams, E., Chenhall, R., Thompson, H. and Senior, K. (2010) Unearthing assumptions of engaged research about (Indigenous) engagement within school communities. 2010 AUCEA National Conference: Communities Participation and Partnership. 5-7 July 2010, Launceston, Tasmania.

May 2010 Helmer, J; Wolgemuth, J.; Lea, T ; Emmett, S. ‘Coaching (and) commitment: Linking ongoing professional development, quality teaching and student outcomes’ Paper presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, USA April 30-May 4 (with additional poster presentation ‘Using Computer-Based Instruction to Improve Indigenous Early Literacy in Northern Australia”)

April 2009 Tootell, N, Wolgemuth, JR, Lea, T ‘Between research theory and practice: An account of the micro-politics of conducting decolonising research in indigenous education.’  Paper presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

March 2009 Lea, T ‘Creative Industry theory in the periphery's periphery: the case of Darwin, Australia’ in The cultural economy of small cities: creativity, knowledge and urban spatial development (1): Theory and policy invited session Association of American Geographers March 22-29 2009 Los Vegas

November, 2008 Wolgemuth, JR, Tootell, N., & Lea, T.  Research informed by theory reformed by practice: Negotiating ethical government- commissioned research at the interface of Western bureaucratic systems and indigenous communities.  Paper presented at the 2008 Australian Association for Research in Education Annual Meeting, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.

19 August 2008, ‘Can the Creative Industries be a Solution for Regional Economics? Examining the Darwin experience’ paper presented by Karen Hughes (Research Assistant) on behalf of co-authors Tess Lea and Donal Fitzpatrick, Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia annual conference, Aubury

Creative Citizenship: Community, Creative Industries and the Future 2006 Charles Darwin Symposia Series presented by Susan Luckman on behalf of Tess Lea, Dr Susan Luckman and Dr Chris Gibson ‘Creative Tropical City: Mapping Darwin’s Creative Industries 

Reports

Lea, T, and Driscoll, C 2012 Girls at the Centre: An Evaluation of Engagement and Retention Strategies for Indigenous Girls Gender and Cultural Studies: The University of Sydney

Lea, T; et al 2011 Parent-school engagement: exploring the concept of ‘invisible’ Indigenous parents in three north Australian school communities The Northern Institute, Darwin: Charles Darwin University

Robinson, G., Lea, T., Rivalland, J., Bartlett.C., Tyler, W., Morrison, P., Cooper, J. Emmett, S., Dunn, B. (2009). The National Accelerated Literacy Program in the Northern Territory 2004 to 2008: Implementation and Outcomes.  Volume 1: Final evaluation report.  Darwin, NT: School for Social and Policy Research, Institute for Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University. 

Robinson, G., Lea, T., Rivalland, J., Bartlett.C, Tyler, W., Morrison, P., Cooper, J. Emmett, S., Dunn, B. (2009). The National Accelerated Literacy Program in the Northern Territory 2004 to 2008: Implementation and Outcomes.  Volume 2: Final evaluation report – Appendices. Darwin, NT: School for Social and Policy Research, Institute for Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University. 

Wolgemuth, J., Ehrich, J., Helmer, J., Emmett, S., Bartlett, C., Smith, H., Lea, T., Abrami, P., Savage, R., & Deleveaux, G. (2009). ABRACADABRA! (ABRA) Early Childhood Literacy Project Annual Report No.1: A Pilot Study of the Feasibility of the ABRA Literacy Software in the Northern Territory Indigenous Classrooms. Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.

Lea, T; Luckman, S; Gibson, C.; Fitzpatrick, D; Hughes, K  2009, Creative Tropical City: Mapping Darwin’s Creative industries School for Social and Policy Research

Lea, T;  Tootell, N.; Wolgemuth, J.; Halkon, C.; Douglas, J. 2008 Excellence or Exit: Ensuring Anangu Futures through Education School for Social Policy Research: Report to the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services

Tootell, N, Wolgemuth, JR, Eikelkamp, R, & Lea, T (February 2008).  Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Land School Self Review Document Summary and Analysis.  Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT.

Walsh, H. and Lea, T. 2008 The Funding of Indigenous Education through Special Purpose Supplementation. SSPR Discussion Paper. Darwin, School for Social and Policy Research, Charles Darwin University. (Independent analysis funded by the Ian Potter Foundation)

McTurk, N; Nutton, G; Lea, T; Robinson, G; and Carapetis, J 2008 The school readiness of Australian Indigenous children: a review of the literature Darwin: Menzies School of Health Research and School for Social and Policy Research May 2008 (Analytical report co-sponsored by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health (OATSIH) Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DHA); the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth; The Ian Potter Foundation)

Lea, T. 2007. A Priority Research Action Plan for the Northern Territory

Department of Employment, Education and Training. Darwin, DEET.

Lea, T., W. Martin, and J. Wurm. 2006. Rongiya nhänga, ga ngathil'yurra nhänga, ga mala-djarr'yurrana (Look back, look forward and reflect) Garma 2006 Key Forum Report: Indigenous Education and Training. Charles Darwin University in association with the Yothu Yindi Foundation.CDU e-press

Lea, T; Robinson, G; Abu-Duhou, I 2006 National Accelerated Literacy Program Interim Evaluation Report (internal report, not for public consumption)

Lea, T. 2006 An examination of education policies, funding decisions and teaching practices based on evidence rather than ideology Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Report http://www.cdu.edu.au/sspr/documents/TessLea_Churchill_000.pdf

Bob Collins and Lea, Tess 1999. Learning Lessons: An Independent Inquiry into Aboriginal Education in the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Department of Education: NT Government Printer

Lea, T. 1988. ‘48-88’ Northern Territory Women’s Register. UNAA Status of Women Committee: NT Government Printer

Tess Lea

Contacts

T: +61 2 9351 6777
E: tess.lea@sydney.edu.au

The University of Sydney
Sydney NSW